Since when does turning 100 return you to your roots? Since January 2019, that’s when.
When you hear the name “Mossberg,” no doubt the first thing you think is “shotgun,” and for good reason: The company is best known for high-quality shotguns at affordable prices. But did you know that, way back in 1919, Mossberg’s very first firearm design was a compact pocket pistol? Although nobody called them CCW guns back then, that’s what it was: Called the Brownie, it was a four-shot .22 handgun. Now, for its 100th anniversary, Mossberg has rolled out their first “pocket gun” in decades, the MC1sc. The MC1sc is a subcompact 9mm designed for deep concealment, but it’s far more than your “average” concealed-carry gun.
In what way is it different? Allow me to turn your attention to the illustration at the top of this article:
A. Safe Takedown System ensures no trigger pull required during disassembly.
B. Mossberg signature multi-angle slide serrations for positive slide manipulation.
C. Standard snag-free dovetail white three-dot sights for easier target acquisition, windage adjustment, and after-market customization.
D. Stainless steel slide with upgraded Diamond-Like Carbon Coating.
E. 3.4″ barrel with upgraded Diamond-Like Carbon Coating.
F. Extended trigger guard for easy access.
G. Mossberg flat-profile trigger with integrated blade safety.
H. Reversible magazine release.
I. Aggressive signature Mossberg grip texturing.
J. Palm swell and grip angle provide superior ergonomics.
K. Glass-reinforced polymer frame for enhanced durability.
L. Mossberg Clear-Count polymer 6-round flush-fit and 7-round extended magazines offer low friction and high wear-resistance.
With an overall length of 6.2 inches and weighing in at 19 ounces (unloaded), the MC1sc strikes a beautiful balance between concealability (which usually means more recoil) and shootability. The first reviews are already coming in, and MC1sc has garnered high marks. It’s also priced for the average American wallet. There are several configurations available including pistols that offer night sights or lasers, as well as one very limited-edition Centennial model that features 24k gold engraving, so the MSRPs run from about $425 to $686 (yes, that’s the gold one). Naturally, most brick-and-mortar dealers will sell them for a bit less than that, so the basic model will most likely be available for under $400.
For more information, or to locate a dealer, visit Mossberg’s website here (and don’t forget to say “Happy 100th Birthday”)!